I was looking to see of it was possible to climb a tiny “road” up to Col de la Charmette.
Browsing: Mountain Bike
If you don’t like a little bike pushing and carrying then you best ignore this post.
Ovronnaz is a little ski station in the Valais region of Switzerland that has featured recently in the Tour de Suisse. It’s a beautiful and steep 10 kilometre climb. Vineyards down low, south facing for plenty of sun on a cool November day, and dozens of amazing hairpins:
Whenever Verbier appears in a Tour de Suisse or Tour de France stage I predictably complain that the best part of the climb is above the village/finish.
I had never cycled the steep roads to Chalets de Bise and Refuge d’Ubine. And there is nothing better than doing a a couple of climbs for the first time and being pleasantly surprised.
At a minimum Le Pla d’Adet is fun to say.
Les Arcs is one of our favourite French high Alps ski stations. The high point is Aguille Rouge at over 3200 metres. I am terrified the few times I have skied down …. but always thought it might be a great cycling goal.
I thought it might be possible to mountain bike into the slopes above Les Arcs via a different valley on little farm tracks. Maybe.
Mountain biking above Courchevel: Three high altitude Cols and the stunning Vallon des Avals
Part of my 2011 Challenge was to ride above 3000 metres by bike for the first time. Injury delayed this goal, but I hadn’t forgotten. 🙂